It’s a warm mid-August evening and I sit at a picnic table at the Norwich Haven Marina with Reynolds Stanford right across from me.
It’s only after I went back over the story of Rey and Saira that I realized how much the 2020 news headlines had crept into my subconscious. There is no doubt that the drowning and feeling of confinement in this story arose from what has happened during the pandemic.
One thing I love about being a writer and to see my ideas come together in a final cover from my story. I am blessed with an amazing cover designer who has conceived every covers from the Black Oak World and each one hit the mark. Each time, I am amazed at how she brings my vision with so little information from me. Here are the three things I told her when I commissioned her this cover: